One of the major debates in forgetting research centers around whether forgetting is a byproduct of interference processes or whether it entails an active process of inhibition and suppression.  Dating back to the years of retroactive and proactive interference research, forgetting has always been one of the hot topics of memory research.  With the onset of directed forgetting research, we see an increase in evidence that suggests active inhibition processes.  More recently, a new phenomenon of forgetting has been observed that created considerable excitement among memory research, retrieval-induced forgetting (RIF), which is a forgetting caused by partial remembering of related material.   As such, RIF appears to be one of the strongest candidates to resolve this debate around forgetting as interference versus forgetting as active inhibition.

In our lab, we are conducting a series a RIF studies to identify various factors related to minimizing and maximizing the effect.  One of our strongest interests, at the moment, is how response competition plays a role in RIF.

If you are interested in learning more about our research on forgetting, here are some relevant references:

Eraltan, Ş. E. & Mungan, E. (under review).  Role of response competition in retrieval-induced forgetting: Further support for the suppression account?

Mungan, E. &  Peynircioğlu, Z. F. (1999).  Unutmaya yönlendirmenin bellek üzerinde niteliksel etkileri.  Türk Psikoloji Dergisi, 14, 1-15.

Peynircioğlu, Z. F. & Mungan, E. (1993).  Familiarity, relative distinctiveness, and the generation effect.  Memory & Cognition, 21, 367-374.